Unit One Board Approves Budget

The Mulberry Grove Unit 1 school board met Monday evening and approved a budget for the 2019-20 school year.

The budget looks good with increases in expenses by about three percent and revenue increases of around five percent.

Superintendent Steve Phillips reported the education fund is projected to have about $360,000 more. Thanks to increases in state funds being received, balances in the education fund and all funds combined are the highest in at least the last five years.

The superintendent reported the district received $911 in insurance proceeds from when a vehicle struck a pole at the school earlier this summer.

He noted an insurance claim has been submitted for damage that occurred to the heating/air conditioning system due to a lightning strike. A total of $8,700 is expected.

Enrollment in the Unit 1 district has decreased this year, according to information provided to the school board. This year’s figure is 370 students, which includes 166 in the elementary school, 94 at the junior high level and 110 at the high school.

Last school year, there were 415 students at Mulberry Grove.

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